Cider Ireland calls for drinks tax reduction
Cider Ireland has called on the government to harmonise the tax bands for cider in the upcoming budget.
Currently, cider with a rate of up to 6pc alcohol by volume has a duty rate of €94.46 per hectolitre (hundred litres) produced, while cider with a rate of 7-8pc has a duty rate of €218.44 per hectolitre.
Cider Ireland, a representative body for Ireland's craft cider producers, said that the rate "is unfairly penalising growth of the craft cider industry". It compared the tax rate with the levy applied to beer produced in micro-breweries.
At 6pc beer produced in micro-breweries is taxed at a duty rate of €67.65 per hectolitre, while at 7pc and 8pc charges of €78.93 per hectolitre and €90.20 apply. The body said that it is calling on Finance Minister Michael Noonan "to harmonise excise duty bands for cider, so that all ciders between 2.8pc and 8pc volume are charged at €94.46 per hectolitre".